As we announced earlier this week, the Pokémon GO field tests are finally being expanded further. The United States is next on the list to be able to test the Pokémon augmented reality game.
If you haven’t already signed up, you can do so at the official sign-up page, here. Not everyone who signs up will be selected, so cross your fingers and hope you’re one of the lucky ones.
There are a few things to keep in mind if you sign up to participate in the Pokémon GO field test. First, the game is not complete yet. These field tests are Pokémon GO’s version of a beta. Therefore, the site warns you that the app only has “a limited set of features” and that some things might not work properly.
Second, these field tests are supposed to be confidential. Of course, not everyone holds true to that confidentiality, which is why we see so much information from Pokémon GO leaks. However, the official instructions do tell you not to share the contents of the game with anyone.
So if you want to play Pokémon GO, what do you need to know?
- You’ll need iPhone running iOS 8 or higher, or an Android phone running Version 4.3 or higher.
- You must live in the United States, Australia, or New Zealand.
- Field test participants must also accept Pokémon GO’s terms of service.
Niantic uses a lot of criteria to determine which players to pick for the field tests. Keep in mind that your progress will not transfer over to the main game once it’s released, and you cannot “gift” your field test account to someone else, either.
For a full refresher on the details and rules, take a look at the official field test page, where you can also access the sign-up form.
Pokémon GO field test sign-ups for the United States have just begun, so it will be a little while before anyone receives and invitation from Niantic. Let us know in the comments if you’ve signed up. We’ll keep you updated as more field test information comes out.